Peace Lutheran Church Port Byron, IL


With our hearts and hands and voices, our goal is to reach out and help other people experience the joy and wonder of Christ's love.


Ladies of Peace - Through fundraisers and the generosity of church members our Women of Peace provide monetary gifts and supplies to FIRST Day School Fund, Angel Tree project, Food Pantry, Salvation Army, and Christian Friendliness.

Souper Bowl of Caring Every year on Super Bowl Sunday church members donate money/canned goods for local food pantries.

Churches of Upper Rock Island County Blood Drive Members of the church and friends and family help out with blood donations during the yearly blood drive.

Book Club Women of all ages meet monthly over coffee to discuss a book, support each other, and grow in faith.

Pregnancy Resources - Contributions of diapers, wipes, bottles, etc.  for infant through age 2 children.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) -  A new ministry started last year - church members coordinated and  sponsored a Christmas skating party in 2016 and provided Easter Baskets in 2017 for local foster children.

Falcon Farms Community -  Church members have provided ice cream treats,  hot dogs for a summer party, and had craft events such as bird house building and bracelet making.

Local schools - shoes/underwear/kleenex  have been provided for school nurses in our area.  This is an ongoing ministry as needed.


World Outreach

Operation Christmas Child Each year congregation members fill shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and accessories. These shoeboxes along with the Good News of Christ Jesus are given to children all over the world through Samaritan's Purse International Relief.

Hearts 4 H2O This is a stained glass ministry project sponsored by our church. Kaye Miller (a member of Peace) and 3 others representing other area churches have been crafting stained glass hearts to sell. The money raised has been used for ELCA World Relief for clean water projects.

Another Child Project Shoe Drive for Romania - for the past couple of years church members have donated shoes and socks for orphaned children in Romania during Another Child's annual drive.

World Hunger - monetary donations throughout the year.








Worship Times

Sunday Service:
10:15 AM

Pastor Gwen H. Sefrhans-Murphy

Our new Pastor Gwen H. Sefrhans-Murphy was born in Rockford, IL. She was baptized and confirmed at Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Rockford, IL. She graduated from Ripon College, in Ripon, WI, and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She served as Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Aledo from Sept. 2010 until Feb. 2017.

She lives in Silvis with her husband Brian Murphy, daughter Lucy, and their two dogs and two cats.

Some of her favorite Bible stories are where God uses unexpected people to bear witness to God and do great things. She loves to read, swim, run and be outside walking the dogs.

Pastor's Contact Info

Phone: 309-523-2295
Email: peacepbpastor